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Kenya :Fish Production has reduced drastically due to excess fishing pressure

Posted by African Press International on June 10, 2013

  • BY MAURICE ALAL,API Kenya

Cabinet Secretary for Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries Felix Koskei yesterday said fish production has reduced drastically due to excess fishing pressure in the country.

Koskei said the production has reduced from 220,000 in the year 2000 to 130,000 metric tons in 2012.

He stated that Lake Victoria has been a major contributor of fisheries resource in Kenya, accounting for 85 percent of the fish production in the country.

According to Koskei the current fish demands cannot be achieved as the lake can no longer support any more fishing pressure.

This, he said called for immediate action and asked for cooperation from all stakeholders to observe the Dagaa (“Omena”) closed season to enable fish to mature.

www.africanpress.me/ Fish harvesting demonstration in Kolwa Sub-location, Kisumu County. (photo by Mr Alal)

http://www.africanpress.me/ Fish harvesting demonstration in Kolwa Sub-location, Kisumu County. (photo by Mr Alal)

“The demand for “Omena” for animal feed industry poses challenge in as far as availability of fish for human consumption is concerned,” he said adding that anyone found breaching the ban will face full force of the law.

Koskei further urged stakeholders to make concerted efforts to ensure sustainable utilization of fisheries resources to reduce post harvest loses and increase production from aquaculture to meet the increasing fish demand.

In a speech read on his behalf by Permanent Secretary Prof Micheni Ntiba during fish farming projects tour in Kisumu County, he called small scale fish farmers to take advantage of Trilateral Tilapia Cooperation and do fish farming as a business.

The Trilateral Cooperation is funded by Kenya, German and Israel governments at a tune of Ksh 262.2M. The project is to enhance suitable ways of protecting the Lake Victoria environment by creating alternative livelihood for the community living along the lake.

Through the program a total of 132 extension officers out of the targeted 130 and 58 farmers out of 300 fish farmers have been trained.

Currently the government has already invested a lot in aquaculture sector by financing the establishment of a bout 40,000 fish ponds across the country through Economic Stimulus Program.

However, the German Ambassador Margit Hellwing-Boette and her Israel counterpart Gil Haskelat said the program is to reduce excess fishing pressure adding that the projected started in June 2012 and will end by June 2014.

www.africanpress.me/  Left,Permanent Secretary Prof Micheni Ntima with German Ambassador Margit Hellwing-Boette and Israel Ambassador Gil Haskelat during fish farming projects tour in Kisumu County.

http://www.africanpress.me/ Left,Permanent Secretary Prof Micheni Ntima with German Ambassador Margit Hellwing-Boette and Israel Ambassador Gil Haskelat during fish farming projects tour in Kisumu County. (photo by Mr Alal)

They also said fish project is to improve tilapia aquaculture in Western and Nyanza regions saying Kenya contributed Ksh. 7.98M, German Ksh. 159.6M and Israel 2.3M.

 

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Kenya: Kisumu County Assembly approves Executive Nominees for appointment

Posted by African Press International on June 3, 2013

Members of Kisumu County Assembly have approved 10 executive cabinet nominees for the appointment by the Governor Jack Ranguma.

The members adopted the vetting report table before the assembly by the Leader of Majority Samuel Ong’ou after the Speaker Mrs. Anne Adul revoked Standing Order No. 60 following a stand-off among the members.

www.africanpress.me/ - Kisumu County Assembly in Kenya

http://www.africanpress.me/ – Kisumu County Assembly in Kenya

This was after members could not come to the agreement over the standing order for adopting the report tabled.

The cabinet nominees who underwent vetting by the county vetting committee chaired by the speaker of the County Assembly had earlier found two nominees unsuitable to hold the dockets.

Mohammed Hannif Rana and George Okoth who were nominated for industrialization, Enterprise and Transport and Information, Communication and Planning Development were found unsuitable by the vetting panel over their capability.

However the two have the members of the assembly to thank for after they went for voting through division method.

Despite section of the members raised concern over regional balance and exclusion of people living with disability the nominees report was overwhelming passed 100 percent. The County Assembly has 35 ward representatives exclusion of 9 nominated members whose fate still lies in the court.

According to report tabled before the house gender balance was not well observed as per the vetting committee.

The cabinet nominees approved for appointment in various dockets include Joseph Okal (Treasury), Dr. Barack Abonyo (Water, Energy and Natural Resources) Dr. Rose Omondi Kisia (Commerce, Tourism and Heritage, Roda Aonobadha (Environment Management), Elizabeth Ogaja (Health Services) Dr Stephene Orot ( Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries).

Other nominees are Jenifer Okere (Education, Youth, Culture and Social Services), Eng Vincet Kodera physical planning roads and public works, George Okoth Communication Planning and Development), and Hanif Rana ( Industrialization, Enterprise and Transport Development).

Margrate Mbuya was also approved to be appointed to County Assembly Service Board.

However, the speaker directed the vetting panel to submit the adoption report of nominees to the Governor appropriately and immediately for appointment.

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